Recommended Reads for Kids
You Are New
A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book perfect for baby showers. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. Award-winning author and artist Lucy Knisley celebrates the joys of having—and being!—a baby in this timeless celebration of new beginnings and the transformative power of love.
You Are My Magical Unicorn
Sparkle and dazzle wherever you go. You're more amazing than you know!
Do you believe in magic? With Joyce Wan, the sky's the limit in this delightful, encouraging storybook featuring a lovable unicorn and an even more loving message of hope, persistence, and heart. And at the end of the story you can't help but snuggle up with your own magical unicorn to remind them that "Baby, I believe in you!"
A wondrous celebration of the magical spark in every child from today's preeminent board and picture book creator!
Little fingers twist and turn, zig and zag, moving on, over, and through pages filled with fluorescent die-cut dots and playful, grooved paths. This brilliant application of the groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn format compels the youngest learners to explore and engage with their world in a hands-on, multisensory way. The premise is simple: Hear an instruction, repeat its words, and playfully trace out its action. Multiple modes of perception combine to inspire and instill a deeper understanding of essential concepts and language. TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles offers a priceless way to play, read—and have fun—together!
Where's the Duck?
Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of friendly park animals hiding behind bright felt flaps. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book's search-and-find inquiries. (Where are you? There you are!) A perfect book to share with very little ones.
That’s you, baby, you!
Who? explores the relationships babies form with the people and things they love the most. The text’s repetitive verse and melodic voice will captivate babies and toddlers and draw them into the sounds and images of the book.
An endearing board book with adorable babies on the go during the summer season
Spirited, rhyming text and colorful, graphic art reveal an energetic cast of babies having an action-packed day of play in the park on a cheerful summer day.
Featuring diverse characters and highlighting early concepts like shapes and repetition, books in the Babies in the Park series encourage an appreciation of nature and outdoor imaginative play.
Splish, Splash, Ducky!
Revel in the rain with a little duckling and friends in a bright adventure from the creator of Maisy that kids will find just ducky.
Oh, goody, hooray!
It's raining today.
When I'm feeling happy.
I say quack, quack, quack.
Ducky Duckling has so much fun in the rain! Readers will be happy to splish, splash, and paddle along with on Ducky's adventures with a frog and a worm, a bug and a slug, some swans and some fish. But what happens when the rain stops and Ducky feels sad? Can Dad save the day and bring sunshine back into those "quack, quack, quacks"?
My First Peek-a-Boo Animals
From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle comes this brand-new peek-a-boo book that features an animal guessing game and lift-the-flaps throughout—sure to endlessly entertain little ones!
I have a long trunk
and big floppy ears
I roam in the grass
where I’ll live for many years
Peek-a-boo! There’s an elephant hiding under that flap! With all sorts of animals, lift-the-flaps, lively rhyming text, and Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork this charming new board book is sure to keep little ones busy. It’s a must-have for every Eric Carle collection!
Love You Head to Toe
Pairing creative rhyming similes with cut-paper collage art, Love You Head to Toeis an adorable book that compares newborn babies to baby animals on every page. Bright, playful illustrations show a different baby and a different species of animal, both engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash in the water like ducklings, toddle around like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks.
Action verbs on each page give the book energy and movement and reflect the varied activities of a baby's day, with key elements like mealtime, bath time, and bedtime in chronological order. Babies and caregivers of a wide range of ethnicities are represented in this heartwarming read-aloud designed to show little ones how much they are cherished and loved.
Little Plane is learning to fly! When you're small and on the go, there's a lot to watch out for: tall trees, muddy hills, and more! With wings aloft, Little Plane keeps flying, weathering the bumps along the way with his initiative, confidence, and positive attitude. This colorful follow-up to Little Boat and Little Truck by beloved author-illustrator Taro Gomi is a must for toddlers launching upward to big adventures!
Big Face / Little Face
A new book from the author/illustrator of Don't Push the Button!
Little face, big face
Chewing on a twig face!
Short face, long face
Super-duper STRONG face!
Faces can communicate a lot of things! Introduce little listeners to what different animal traits and emotions can look like, how widely they range, and what else can be learned from an expression in this fun, interactive board book.
Meet Little Pookie—a perfect piglet series from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton.
Why, who is this piglet?
Little Pookie, that’s who!
May I tell you ten little things I know about you?
Discover what makes Pookie so nifty in this sweet, sort-of-counting book that’s made for cool little kids and parents alike. With Sandra Boynton’s signature charm and piggy pizzazz, this silly story proves that everyone needs a Little Pookie in their life!
Ciao, Baby! in the Park
Ciao! A pair of cute and colorful board books from Carole Lexa Schaefer and Lauren Tobia introduce a curious, lovable tot eager to explore the world.
When Baby and Nonna head to the park for the day, what will they see? There's a squirrel -- Ciao, Squirrel! -- and a grasshopper -- Ciao, Grasshopper! Baby scoots over to meet them and share a friendly hello. Who else might be hiding around the park? Ciao, animals! Ciao, Baby!
Besos for Baby
Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won't be able to resist giving baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual read aloud, filled with bold, graphic illustrations, with their little bébé!
Bath! Bath! Bath!
Bath time is fun! fun! fun! in this playful board book!
Today we had such fun! fun! fun!
But now the day is done! done! done!
After a fun-filled day, it's time to go home and take a bath! From washing tiny toes and your little nose to making rubber ducky go quack! quack! quack!, bath time is fun! fun! fun!
The rhyming text makes this the perfect read-along story to get little ones excited for bath time.
Kids Blog Entries
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Battle of the Books Reading Lists
|The Alcatraz Escape||Jenifer Chambliss Bertman||Mystery|
|Because Of The Rabbit||Cynthia Lord||Animal|
|Eleanor Roosevelt's In My Garage!||Candace Fleming||Science Fiction|
|Finding Langston||Lesa Cline-Ransome||Historical Fiction|
|Flashback Four: The Hamilton-Burr Duel||Dan Gutman||Adventure|
|The Friendship War||Andrew Clements||Fiction|
|Front Desk||Kelly Yang||Fiction|
|The Girl In The Locked Room||Mary Downing Hahn||Ghost Story|
|Greystone Secrets The Strangers||Margaret Peterson Haddix||Fantasy|
|Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus||Dusti Bowling||Mystery|
|The Law Of Finders Keepers||Sheila Turnage||Adventure|
|The Length Of A String||Elissa Brent Weissman||Fiction|
|Lion Down||Stuart Gibbs||Mystery|
|Louisana's Way Home||Kate DiCamillo||Historical Fiction|
|Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Mystery|
|Merci Suarez Changes Gears||Meg Medina||Fiction|
|The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl||Stacy McAnulty||Fiction|
|One-Third Nerd||Gennifer Choldenko||Humor|
|Out Of Left Field||Ellen Klages||Sports|
|Over The Moon||Natalie Lloyd||Fantasy|
|Pay Attention, Carter Jones||Gary D. Schmidt||Humor|
|Property Of The Rebel Librarian||Allison Varnes||Fiction|
|The Remmarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise||Dan Gemeinhart||Fiction|
|Right As Rain||Lindsey Stoddard||Fiction|
|Saving Winslow||Sharon Creech||Animal|
|The Secret Sheriff Of Sixth Grade||Jordan Sonnenblick||Fiction|
|Song For A Whale||Lynne Kelly||Animal|
|Spy School Goes South||Stuart Gibbs||Adventure|
|Sweeping Up The Heart||Kevin Henkes||Historical Fiction|
|The Third Mushroom||Jennifer L. Holm||Science Fiction|
|The Train To Impossible Places||P.G. Bell||Fantasy|
|The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle||Leslie Connor||Mystery|
|The Unsung Hero Of Birdsong, USA||Brenda Woods||Historical Fiction|
|The Unteachables||Gordon Korman||Humor|
|The Vanderbeekers And The Hidden Garden||Karina Yan Glaser||Fiction|
|Walking With Miss Millie||Tamara Bundy||Historical Fiction|
|William Wenton And The Secret Portal||Bobbie Peers||Science Fiction|
|Word Of Mouse||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Fantasy|
|A Good Kind of Trouble||Lisa Moire Ramee||Fiction|
|Amal Unbound||Aisha Saeed||Fiction|
|Angel Thieves||Kathi Appelt||Fantasy|
|Blended||Sharon M. Draper||Fiction|
|The Button War; A Tale of the Great War||Avi||Historical|
|Darius the Great is Not Okay||Adib Hhorram||Fiction|
|Denis Ever After||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Dread Nation||Justina Ireland||Fantasy|
|Fatality||Caroline B. Cooney||Fiction|
|Finding Audrey||Sophie Kinsella||Fiction|
|From You to Me||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|Genesis Begins Again||Alicia D. Williams||Fiction|
|The Great Jeff||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Harbor Me||Jacqueline Woodson||Memoir|
|House Arrest||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|How High the Moon||Karyn Parsons||Historical|
|It's Trevor Noah; Born a Crime||Trevor Noah||Memoir|
|The Journey of Little Charlie||Christopher Paul Curtis||Historical|
|Love, Hate and other Filters||Samira Ahmed||Fiction|
|My Family Divided||Diane Guerrero & Erica Moroz||Memoir|
|New Kid||Jerry Craft||Graphic novel|
|Nyxia||Scott Reintgen||Sci Fi|
|One Last Word||Nikki Grimes||Poetry|
|The Reason I Jump||Naoki Higashida||Memoir|
|Small Spaces||Katherine Arden||Fantasy|
|Still a Work in Progresss||Jo Knowles||Fiction|
|Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow||Jessica Townsend||Fantasy|